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Ga. Ethics Commission independence questioned

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ATLANTA (AP) - The current director of the Georgia Ethics Commission said in a deposition that her predecessor warned her that the job is political.

Former ethics commission director, Stacey Kalberman, and 1 of her deputies have sued the state, saying they were forced out of the agency for leading an investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal's campaign.

The commission's current director, Holly LaBerge, is accused of intervening in the investigation. LaBerge's salary increased from $85,000 in 2011 to $100,000 by June - despite the agency saying it had to cut costs.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports LaBerge said in the deposition that she was recruited to lead the commission by Deal's office.

Some say the claims raised in Kalberman's lawsuit have called into question the commission's ability to independently hold elected officials accountable.

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